Friday, March 18, 2011

Shabash to Dubai-based filmmaker Soniya Kirpalani

Film India Worldwide congratulates filmmaker/writer/social activist Soniya Kirpalani, born and rasied in India and now living in Dubai . Her two most recent documentaries on the Diaspora Indian community have won special recognition.  Kirpalani has directed the documentaries for her company Sprocket Science based in UAE/ India. Her documentaries invariably deal with human social issues within India and with India in the global scene. Kirpalini’s two latest films, Love Arranged and An Eye for an Eye, have been selected for the following important film events:

*An Eye For An Eye - MipDoc, Cannes 2011

*An Eye for An Eye - Good Pitch @ Sundance 2011, New York City

*Love Arranged - Hot Docs Toronto 2011,  held April 28th- May 8th 2011.

These two film events offer co-production and partnerships with worldwide commissioning editors, leading organizations and institutions who have the same goals and support the film making industry.

An Eye For An Eye

Seventeen Indians given death-sentence for murdering 1 Pakistani’’ UAE2010- Human Rights reveal another 1730 are imprisoned, 200 facing death penalties. Sentencing patterns are strange: sixteen men on death-row for murdering one person; thirteen for murdering two persons. Is an Indian’s life so dispensable? Witnessing the trial process, reveals the secretive Sharia Law through contradictory voices of Arab lawyer v/s Human Rights Lawyers; shadowing their families collecting proof, raises unheard voices from labor-camps and faraway village, redefining ‘We the People’ who take back the power and rise to effect change. The film is still under production- and is slated for a late 2011 release. Shot in HD across India and the UAE, its web-leaks have been changing the way media landscapes can work in repressive environment.

Love Arranged

In a country where love is not left to chance, but a carefully calculated choice, Soniya  traces the journey of Divya and Neha, two beautiful internationally educated, Indian women, who prefer taking the arranged marriage route, despite being daughters of love marriages. Tired of the parochial mindsets on dating, refusing to kiss frogs hoping they turn into Prince Charming, they meeting matchmakers, downloading grooms, pursuing suitors at Big Indian Weddings. Sharing their humorous yet humbling journey to find ‘a suitable boy’ reveals a socio-cultural fabric still stained with dowry, color and communal discrimination v/s the courage of young Indian women struggling to retain their rights, whilst walking this cultural tightrope looking for love the unconventional way.

This 60 minute Documentary Feature is in English and has been shot across India and the UK.

Soniya Kirpalani is a trained psychologist, a lifestyle editor and convergence advisor for several international publications, she commended a career in independent film making in 2008 , winning MipDoc Cannes Award for ‘Threads of Tradition’ . Since then she has won many awards and nominations- EDN / Greek Doc Lab/ AAIFF/ GIFF/  ComFest Toronto/ HotDocs Toronto/ AlterCine Funds/ EsoDocs India/ Docs Lisoba/ Guangzhou Docs- Nominee DoBuy / Sundance-Brit Doc-Good Pitch. With these two films she hopes to raise issues by revealing it through layers of untold unseen eastern stories, especially since her last project Dobuy even created mandate change in UAE. With this film she hopes that the mothers and daughters who understand and relate to this will be the leaders for change. With  ‘An Eye for An Eye’,  she says she ambitiously hopes there will be change in both countries systems that will bring in fair processes for migrant workers.

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Bollywood and Beyond 2011 - Call for Entries.

Dear All,

Bollywood and beyond 2011 announces call for entries. There is no entry fee and the submission dead line is April 15th 2011.

The 8th 'Bollywood and Beyond’ film festival features movies, documentaries, children's and animated films of any length and format of the year 2010 and 2011. The only Indian film festival in Germany will run July 20th-24th, 2011 in Stuttgart. There will be jury and audience choice awards for best feature, documentary and short film. The awards are endowed with up to 4,000 Euros. In 2010 we had over 9,000 attendees and screened films from 5 countries.

The entry form is available on the ‘Bollywood and beyond’ homepage

With best regards,
Uma da Cunha

Editor, Filmindia Worldwide

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spot News from FilmIndia Worldwide

Adoor’s three-hour film on the Koodiyattam dance form to be world premiered in Washington

Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s three hours long documentary on Koodiyattam will be world premiered at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington on 19th of this month. Adoor will be presenting the film and be participating in a question –answer session after the screening. Scripted by Dr. Sudha Gopala- krishnan, the film was produced by the Margi Theatre for the UNESCO.

Adoor is on a visit to Washington to participate in the ‘Maximum India’ event organized by the Kennedy Centre. He will participate in a seminar on ‘Women in Indian Cinema’ and be presenting his ‘Naalu Pennungal’. The Universities of Wisconsin and Lawrence have also invited him to screen his films and interact with the faculty and students.